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Friday morning update – 2-15-13

March 03, 2013


Friday morning update – 2-15-13

Greetings faithful readers – So much good stuff to celebrate this week! So let’s start this issue with a presidential address we can all be inspired by. We reached into the vault and pulled out a classic. Current political leaders would be advised to take note of the words of wisdom in this speech. Watch it here and be inspired.

State of the Union remarks and Republican rebuttal
Okay, let’s get back to reality. In case you were holed up in a cave the past few days, here is the prepared text from both President Obama’s State of the Union Address and the rebuttal from Senator Marco Rubio. Enjoy the yin and the yang.

Dr. Brigitte Manteuffel joins the CMHNetwork Advisory Council
The CMHNetwork just got a whole lot smarter. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Brigitte Manteuffel has joined the Children’ Mental Health Network Advisory Council. Her knowledge of the Child Mental Health Initiative and systems of care in general is unparalleled and we are thrilled to have her on board. Details here.

My Art of Care
Speaking of new additions, we are thrilled to have a new member of the Children’s Mental Health Network – Mr. Garrett Grab. Through a powerful video, this young man shares his story of abuse, sexual identity, bullying, but most important – resilience and a commitment to make his life his own. Garrett describes it as “A part of me I would like to share. Speak out! Your story might change someone else’s.” Show the honor CMHNetwork members and followers are famous for and watch Garrett’s video. Young adults are most amazing and our country is blessed with an upcoming generation that “gets it.” We are indeed a collective voice, folks. Keep the contributions coming. Watch the video here.

Young people making a “green” difference in the world
Speaking of amazing young people, if you even had a hint of losing faith in the youth of America, then you need to come correct by checking out Sol Food Mobile Farm. This amazing approach to green living was created by a group of young people in Durham, North Carolina, who had a great idea in middle school that matured through high school into full fruition after graduation. Sol Food Mobile Farm was created as an experiential, hands-on teaching program based around planting and harvesting garden vegetables. The kicker is that Sol Food Mobile Farm is mobile. Yep, after retrofitting a 72-passenger bus into a living, traveling garden, they set off on a nationwide tour in the summer of 2012 to inspire people about creating their own gardens. Oh yeah, they fueled the bus with vegetable oil… Of course! The bus has an on-board greenhouse, living green roof, solar panels, vermicomposting system, and rainwater collection tanks, as well as living quarters built from recycled materials. Network faithful, you have got to check out the great work these young people are doing. And heck, while you are at it, figure out how to bring them to your community to work with your youth (that’s a big time hint, Youth M.O.V.E. National). Learn more about what Sol Food Mobile Farm does and don’t forget watch the two great videos that chronicle their latest cross-country trip. Details here.

RTC Updates is out and it’s a good one
Why does RTC Updates make me want to take up snowboarding? Ya gotta love the vibe of their newsletter geared toward emerging adults. Check it out.

Sequestration by any other name is…
Okay, we talk a lot about sequestration but do Americans really know what it means? According to a TIME article, the answer is a resounding NO. What does this mean for children’s mental health advocates who are talking with their grassroots membership? When talking about sequestration outside the Beltway, advocates are encouraged to say “automatic cuts” to “mental health, education, science, infrastructure, public health,” etc…When framed this way, Americans oppose sequestration. Got it? Okay, now get to it! We have some great resources to help you out. Details here.

373,000 could go without mental health services
Let’s drive this bully known as sequestration home a bit further. Unless Congress acts by March 1st, a series of automatic cuts – called a sequester (remember that?) – that threaten thousands of jobs and the economic security of the middle class will take effect. If the sequester goes into effect, its cuts could mean 373,000 seriously mentally ill or emotionally disturbed individuals would go without mental health services, according to a fact sheet released by the White House. Ouch!

Excellence in mental health – two steps in the right direction
Excellent news all around with the introduction of two important pieces of legislation that move us one step closer to getting serious about addressing the gaping holes in the mental health safety net.The Excellence In Mental Health Act represents an important move in the right direction between the ways that physical and behavioral health issues are addressed in America. Does it go as far as the Wellstone-Domenici Mental Health Parity And Addiction Equity Act? No. But it gets us closer. Paired with Sen. Al Franken’s (R-MN) recently-introduced Mental Health In Schools Act — which encourages early intervention and community resources for mentally ill American children — the new legislation suggests that the Senate is starting to get serious about mental health. Details here.

Third Culture Kids
Due to a great deal of interest we are re-running a Morning Zen post by Nina Sichel, who is co-editor of the collections “Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids (2011).”Worth a re-read, especially worth reading are the horde of comments that have come in from other Third Culture Kids. Read Nina’s Morning Zen post here.

Early bird rates end today for Tampa Conference and hotel, so get on it.
Registration rates for the 26th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference go up at the end of the day today. Registration includes participation in the plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, poster presentations, and networking luncheon along with all conference materials. Register now! View complete details here. Also, the full agenda for the 26th Annual “Tampa Conference” is now available for download. And, it’s rockin’. Plan to be in beautiful, sunny Tampa March 3 – 6, 2013. Hey researchers, take note. Not only is there an Emerging Adult track but there is also a special CMHI National Evaluation Technical Assistance session at this meeting. Put it in your dayplanner, folks (now that’s old school!). So register already!

The A Team
Since one of the key plenaries at the Tampa conference will feature Michael Dennis, David Mineta, Ashli Sheidow and MaryAnn Davis, focusing on substance abuse issues for emerging adults, this current song seems so appropriate. Enjoy “The A Team” by Ed Sheerin. It is a haunting song with a great message about a girl who’s an addict and prostitute. The “A team” is a reference to class A drugs. (Crack/heroin).  Watch the video here.

Dang, Community Solutions keeps turning out great webinars
Looks like a great opportunity to interact with Brian Gaunt, PhD as he provides participants with information, resources, tips, and strategies for how to effectively partner with schools to advocate for all students, including those with disabilities. Details here.

Labor-HHS subcommittee announced
Heads up Network faithful – subcommittee assignments for the Senate Appropriations Committee are official! Time to make a friend… or two… or three! Details here.

Lady Gaga tour invites youth to “Born Brave Bus” in 21 cities
As Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball tour continues through the United States, so does the Born Brave Bus Tour.  Mental health professionals from National Council for Behavioral Health member organizations and from the National Association of School Psychologists volunteer at the events in each city, offering activities and resources that recognize the importance of mental health and encourage seeking help when needed. Learn more about the tour and check out cities and dates here. (Note: Updates on tour location cancellations due to Lady Gaga’s injury are included)

College health plans increasing support for gender reassignment
Interesting read in the New York Times about increasing visibility for health benefits for those among us going through gender reassignment surgery. Advocacy is working at the college level! Read more here.

New Medicaid enrollees will bring challenges
Fascinating article in McClatchy News about the conundrum Medicaid leaders will face with new enrollees next year. Consider this dilemma articulated by the good folks at Avalere Health from the article:

  • Avalere also estimates that nearly 12 percent, or about 960,000, of the new Medicaid enrollees will have a serious mental illness that requires treatment.

    “You’ve got a disproportionately high prevalence of serious mental illness, schizophrenia, major depressive disorders, manic depression, which of course contributes to their not being able to maintain a job and have a higher income,” said Caroline Pearson, health reform director at Avalere.

    But because they are younger than the current Medicaid population, the new enrollees also will be less likely to have the sorts of nagging, chronic illnesses that older Medicaid enrollees face. In fact, nearly four out of five new enrollees self-report their health condition to be either good, very good or excellent, according Avalere.

  • That bodes well for holding down the cost of their care. But until they are actually in the health care system, speculation about their medical needs is still a guessing game.

Looks like we are in for a wild ride folks. Medicaid expansion is critical, but it is equally critical that mental health advocates pay attention to what happens as expansion efforts roll out. Knowledge is power – we will keep informing you as things take shape. Details here.

Register today for the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in April
Looking for a collaborative environment to help brainstorm ideas and solutions to our Nation’s prescription drug abuse issues? The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit is tailored to provide the most up-to-date, data-driven discussions for professionals in the clinical, pharmacy, prevention, and treatment fields. The summit will be held April 2–4, 2013 at the Omni Orlando Resort, Champions Gate, FL. Details here.

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